The Addams Family

The Addams Family

2019, PG, 87 min. Directed by Conrad Vernon, Greg Tiernan. Voices by Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Allison Janney, Bette Midler, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Elsie Fisher.

REVIEWED By Richard Whittaker, Fri., Oct. 18, 2019

Charles Addams was undoubtedly on to something. In 1938, he drew a clan of creeps, gave them his own name, and functionally created modern Goth with his Addams Family. There's something so simple about them: The idea of the weird neighbors who are still just regular people at heart. Sure, they may have battle-axes and sentient topiary, and regularly converse with their dead relatives, but the love and bonds between these frightful family members is so wonderfully alluring. Plus, have you seen that house? It's to die for.

After six TV shows and three films, the genteel and ghoulish Addams family still have that same allure – especially as the push toward a more cookie-cutter culture has never seemed more pressing. Those societal urges are given CG animated form in the bouffant-haired and blue-jean chic of Margaux Needler (Janney), a home improvement show host in the New Jersey town of Assimilation (this film being aimed squarely at the 8-to-12 market, don't expect the metaphor to get any less on-the-nose). No original-material-loving Nicole Curtis of Rehab Addict, she: When she first catches glimpse of the Addams family's Victorian mansion – a haunted asylum, naturally – her instinct is to bulldoze it to make way for some bland shiplap box and run these freaks out of town.

But can the indomitable spirit of the Addamses ever be overcome? Of course not! Paterfamilias Gomez (Isaac) and the morbid matriarch Morticia (Theron) are far too busy playing happy families with teen queen of darkness Wednesday (Moretz), while explosives-loving son Pugsley (Wolfhard) is panicking about having to perform the Mazurka, the Addams' rite of passage saber dance.

The script by Matt Lieberman and Pamela Pettler (the latter of whom was also attached to Tim Burton's doomed and lost attempt at an Addams adaptation in the early 2000s) keeps to the basics, the tensions between the Addamses and everyday folks. They pull out the themes of being yourself – mostly expressed through Wednesday and her friendship with Margaux's rebellious daughter, Parker (Fisher) – and aren't afraid to throw in lots of sight gags. After all, the original cartoons were single-panel, allowing for a complete lack of consequences: so when Uncle Fester (Kroll) gets shot in the back with a crossbow and just wonders if it's raining, everything is fine and funny.

Think of this as entry-level Addams, and that's also its limitation. Directors Vernon and Tiernan (abandoning the irksome, boring juvenilia of their work on Sausage Party) don't add anything new, and their decision to stick to generic contemporary CG animation is a lost opportunity for something more innovative. They clearly love the source material, sticking closely to Addams' original designs: so anyone expecting Gomez to be like Raul Julia's smoldering sex bomb from Barry Sonnenfeld's 1991 live-action version better prepare to have a thing for short, squat, toadlike men instead. At the same time they, like Sonnenfeld, can never really get past the defining 1964 TV version, with its instantly recognizable fingerclick theme. Kroll's Fester in particular is a spot-on imitation of Jackie Coogan's spittle-spraying happy-go-lucky freak. At least they admit it, with the closing credits containing a note-for-note animated re-creation of the original titles. Everyone, snap along! Du-duh-duh-duh (click click!)

Showtimes

Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz

320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020, www.drafthouse.com/austin/theater/ritz

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily by phone or website.

Sun., Oct. 20

12:30, 3:25

Sun., Oct. 20

1:00, 3:30, 6:25, 8:55
AFA 10:30am

Mon., Oct. 21

10:55am, 1:00, 3:30, 5:45, 9:05

Tue., Oct. 22

3:30, 5:45, 9:05
AFA 11:05am, 1:00

Wed., Oct. 23

10:55am, 1:00, 3:30, 5:45, 9:05

Sun., Oct. 20

11:15am, 2:00, 4:25, 7:15, 9:50

Mon., Oct. 21

12:15, 2:50, 5:30, 8:10

Tue., Oct. 22

3:45, 6:10, 8:40
AFA 1:10

Wed., Oct. 23

1:45, 4:25, 5:15, 7:45, 10:20

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060, drafthouse.com/austin/theater/slaughter-lane

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Sun., Oct. 20

10:40am, 1:20, 4:10, 6:40, 9:10

Mon., Oct. 21

11:40am, 2:10, 4:40, 6:10, 9:00

Tue., Oct. 22

2:15, 4:45, 6:10, 9:00
AFA 11:45am

Wed., Oct. 23

11:40am, 2:10, 4:40, 6:10, 8:40

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy, 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Sun., Oct. 20

3-D, CC/DVS 3:50, 6:40
3D, CC/DVS 3:50, 6:40
CC/DVS 12:30, 1:30, 2:50, 5:20, 7:40, 9:00, 10:00

Mon., Oct. 21

3-D, CC/DVS 1:20, 3:50, 6:40
3D, CC/DVS 1:20, 3:50, 6:40
CC/DVS 12:30, 2:50, 5:20, 7:40

Tue., Oct. 22

3-D, CC/DVS 1:20, 3:50, 6:40
3D, CC/DVS 1:20, 3:50, 6:40
CC/DVS 12:30, 2:50, 5:20, 7:40

Wed., Oct. 23

3-D, CC/DVS 1:20, 3:50, 6:40
3D, CC/DVS 1:20, 3:50, 6:40
CC/DVS 12:30, 2:50, 5:20, 7:40

Cinemark 20 and XD

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Sun., Oct. 20

3-D 1:55
3D 1:55
digital 10:10am, 11:25am, 12:40, 3:10, 4:25, 5:40, 6:55, 8:05, 10:40

Mon., Oct. 21

3-D 1:55
3D 1:55
digital 12:40, 3:10, 4:25, 5:40, 6:55, 8:05, 10:40

Tue., Oct. 22

3-D 1:55
3D 1:55
digital 12:40, 3:10, 4:25, 5:40, 6:55, 8:05, 10:40

Wed., Oct. 23

3-D 1:55
3D 1:55
digital 12:40, 3:10, 4:25, 5:40, 6:55, 8:05, 10:40

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Sun., Oct. 20

3-D 9:00
3D 9:00
digital 9:45am, 10:50am, 12:15, 1:25, 2:40, 3:55, 5:15, 6:20, 7:40, 10:10

Mon., Oct. 21

3-D 9:00
3D 9:00
digital 12:15, 1:25, 2:40, 3:55, 5:15, 6:20, 7:40, 10:10

Tue., Oct. 22

3-D 9:00
3D 9:00
digital 12:15, 1:25, 2:40, 3:55, 5:15, 6:20, 7:40, 10:10

Wed., Oct. 23

3-D 9:00
3D 9:00
digital 12:15, 1:25, 2:40, 3:55, 5:15, 6:20, 7:40, 10:10

Thu., Oct. 24

3-D 9:00
3D 9:00
digital 12:15, 1:25, 2:40, 3:55, 5:15, 6:20, 7:40, 10:10

Sun., Oct. 20

3-D 4:25
3D 4:25
digital 10:35am, 11:45am, 12:55, 2:05, 3:15, 5:35, 6:45, 7:55, 9:05, 10:15

Mon., Oct. 21

3-D 4:25
3D 4:25
digital 10:35am, 11:45am, 12:55, 2:05, 3:15, 5:35, 6:45, 7:55, 9:05, 10:15

Tue., Oct. 22

3-D 4:25
3D 4:25
digital 10:35am, 11:45am, 12:55, 2:05, 3:15, 5:35, 6:45, 7:55, 9:05, 10:15

Wed., Oct. 23

3-D 4:25
3D 4:25
digital 10:35am, 11:45am, 12:55, 2:05, 3:15, 5:35, 6:45, 7:55, 9:05, 10:15

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Sun., Oct. 20

3-D 12:00, 9:25
digital 10:50am, 1:10, 2:20, 3:30, 4:35, 6:00, 7:00, 8:30

Mon., Oct. 21

digital 6:00

Tue., Oct. 22

3-D 12:00, 9:25
digital 10:50am, 1:10, 2:20, 3:30, 4:40, 6:00, 7:00, 8:30

Wed., Oct. 23

3-D 12:00, 9:25
digital 10:50am, 1:10, 2:20, 3:30, 4:40, 6:00, 7:00, 8:30

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., Oct. 20

3-D 12:05, 4:55
digital 10:45am, 1:10, 2:30, 3:35, 5:50, 7:20, 8:45, 9:35

Mon., Oct. 21

3-D 12:05, 4:55
digital 10:45am, 1:10, 2:30, 3:35, 5:50, 7:20, 8:45, 9:35

Tue., Oct. 22

3-D 12:05, 4:55
digital 10:45am, 1:10, 2:30, 3:35, 5:50, 7:20, 8:45, 9:35

Wed., Oct. 23

3-D 12:05, 4:55
digital 10:45am, 1:10, 2:30, 3:35, 5:50, 7:20, 8:45, 9:35

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938, www.cinemark.com

Sun., Oct. 20

digital 10:10am, 12:30, 2:45, 5:00, 7:15, 9:40

Mon., Oct. 21

digital 12:00, 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 9:10

Tue., Oct. 22

digital 12:00, 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 9:10

Wed., Oct. 23

digital 12:00, 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 9:10

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown, 512/868-9922

Sun., Oct. 20

10:15am, 10:45am, 1:20, 3:55, 4:45, 7:15, 9:40

Mon., Oct. 21

1:20, 1:50, 4:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:40

Tue., Oct. 22

1:20, 1:50, 4:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:40

Wed., Oct. 23

1:20, 1:50, 4:15, 7:15, 9:40

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Sun., Oct. 20

10:00am, 11:30am, 12:15, 2:30, 4:30, 5:15, 8:00, 9:30, 10:15

Mon., Oct. 21

10:00am, 11:30am, 12:15, 1:45, 2:30, 4:30, 5:15, 7:00, 8:00, 9:30, 10:15

Tue., Oct. 22

10:00am, 11:30am, 12:15, 1:45, 2:30, 4:30, 5:15, 7:00, 8:00, 9:30, 10:15

Wed., Oct. 23

10:00am, 11:30am, 12:15, 2:30, 4:30, 5:15, 8:00, 9:30, 10:15

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549, www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

Sun., Oct. 20

CC 10:30am, 12:45, 3:25, 5:30, 7:45, 10:30

Mon., Oct. 21

CC 12:45, 3:25, 5:30, 6:30, 10:30

Tue., Oct. 22

CC 3:25, 5:30, 6:30, 10:30

Wed., Oct. 23

CC 11:00am, 3:25, 5:30, 8:15, 10:30

Thu., Oct. 24

CC 1:45, 3:45, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville, 512/467-7305, www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

Sun., Oct. 20

CC 10:40am, 12:25, 2:50, 5:20, 7:45, 10:15
CC, dubbed 10:00am

Mon., Oct. 21

CC 10:40am, 12:25, 2:50, 5:20, 7:45, 10:15
CC, dubbed 10:00am

Tue., Oct. 22

CC 10:40am, 12:25, 2:50, 5:20, 7:45, 10:15
CC, dubbed 10:00am

Wed., Oct. 23

CC 10:40am, 12:25, 2:50, 5:20, 7:45, 10:15
CC, dubbed 10:00am

Thu., Oct. 24

CC 10:40am, 12:25, 2:50, 5:20, 7:45, 10:15
CC, dubbed 10:00am

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., Oct. 20

CC/DVS 12:15, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00

Mon., Oct. 21

CC/DVS 12:15, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00

Tue., Oct. 22

CC/DVS 12:15, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00

Wed., Oct. 23

CC/DVS 12:15, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00

Hometown Cinemas

120 MLK Jr. Industrial Blvd. W, Lockhart, 512/398-4100, www.hometowncinemas.com

Sun., Oct. 20

11:35am, 2:00, 4:20, 7:00

Mon., Oct. 21

11:35am, 2:00, 4:20, 7:00

Tue., Oct. 22

11:35am, 2:00, 4:20, 7:00

Wed., Oct. 23

11:35am, 2:00, 4:20, 7:00

Thu., Oct. 24

11:35am, 2:00, 4:20, 7:00

iPic Theaters Austin

3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400, www.ipic.com

Sun., Oct. 20

12:15, 3:00, 6:00, 9:00

Mon., Oct. 21

12:15, 3:00, 6:00, 9:00

Tue., Oct. 22

12:15, 3:00, 6:00, 9:00

Wed., Oct. 23

12:15, 3:00, 6:00, 9:00

AMC Lakeline 9

11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/335-4793

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Sun., Oct. 20

3-D, CC/DVS 2:00, 4:15
3D, CC/DVS 2:00, 4:15
CC/DVS 11:30am, 6:45, 9:00

Mon., Oct. 21

3-D, CC/DVS 1:30, 9:00
3D, CC/DVS 1:30, 9:00
CC/DVS 4:00, 6:30

Tue., Oct. 22

3-D, CC/DVS 1:30, 9:00
3D, CC/DVS 1:30, 9:00
CC/DVS 4:00, 6:30

Wed., Oct. 23

3-D, CC/DVS 1:30, 9:00
3D, CC/DVS 1:30, 9:00
CC/DVS 4:00, 6:30

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., Oct. 20

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:20, 9:50

Mon., Oct. 21

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:20, 9:50

Tue., Oct. 22

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:20, 9:50

Wed., Oct. 23

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:20, 9:50

Thu., Oct. 24

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:15, 4:30, 7:30, 9:50

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 N. FM 620, Bldg. B, 512/501-3520, www.themoviehouse.com/trails/

Sun., Oct. 20

9:30am, 11:00am, 12:00, 1:35, 2:10, 4:45, 8:00, 10:40

Moviehouse & Eatery - Lantana Place

7415 Southwest Parkway, Building 7, 512/572-0770, www.themoviehouse.com/lantana/

Sun., Oct. 20

10:00am, 1:10, 3:50, 5:30, 6:30, 8:00

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop, 512/321-0123, www.schulmantheatres.com

Sun., Oct. 20

9:50am, 10:40am, 12:15, 1:30, 2:45, 5:10, 7:35, 10:00

Mon., Oct. 21

9:50am, 10:40am, 12:15, 1:30, 2:45, 5:10, 7:35, 10:00

Tue., Oct. 22

9:50am, 10:40am, 12:15, 1:30, 2:45, 5:10, 7:35, 10:00

Wed., Oct. 23

9:50am, 10:40am, 12:15, 1:30, 2:45, 5:10, 7:35, 10:00

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

Sun., Oct. 20

10:35am, 12:50, 5:10, 7:20
3-D 3:00
3D 3:00

Mon., Oct. 21

1:00, 5:20, 7:30
3-D 3:10
3D 3:10

Tue., Oct. 22

1:00, 5:20, 7:30
3-D 3:10
3D 3:10

Wed., Oct. 23

1:00, 5:20, 7:30
3-D 3:10
3D 3:10

Thu., Oct. 24

1:00, 5:20
3-D 3:10
3D 3:10

Sky Cinemas

13201 US-290, 512/457-0700, www.skycinemas.com

Sun., Oct. 20

11:00am, 12:00, 1:20, 2:10, 3:30, 4:25, 5:40, 6:35, 7:50, 8:45

Mon., Oct. 21

11:00am, 12:00, 1:10, 2:10, 3:20, 4:20, 5:30, 6:35, 7:40, 8:45, 9:50

Tue., Oct. 22

11:00am, 12:00, 1:10, 2:10, 3:20, 4:20, 5:30, 6:35, 7:40, 8:45, 9:50

Thu., Oct. 24

11:00am, 12:00, 1:10, 2:10, 3:20, 4:20, 5:30, 6:35, 7:40, 8:45, 9:50

Starplex 12 San Marcos

1250 Wonder World Drive, San Marcos, 512/805-8000

Sun., Oct. 20

11:30am, 1:55, 4:20, 6:45, 9:10

Mon., Oct. 21

12:00, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15, 9:40

Tue., Oct. 22

12:00, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15, 9:40

Wed., Oct. 23

12:00, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15, 9:40

Thu., Oct. 24

12:00, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15, 9:40

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., Oct. 20

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:10, 3:30, 6:00, 9:35

Mon., Oct. 21

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:30, 4:40, 6:50, 9:00

Tue., Oct. 22

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:30, 4:40, 6:50, 9:00

Wed., Oct. 23

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:30, 4:40, 6:50, 9:00

Thu., Oct. 24

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 10:20

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